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   Posted 9/14/2011 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Wellbutrin and Cipralex for about 2 years. I am wanting to come off these medications. Has anyone come off these two together and if so what side effects have you experineced. I have gone from 200 wellbutrin to 100 and cipralex from 10 to 5 on my own for about 5 days. Feeling fine. Any advise.

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   Posted 9/15/2011 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Mercedes, Advice? Certainly. Firstly this is a question for the oerson who prescribed these drugs for you. Once we are under prescription if we do change the treatment without advising the doctor they cannot help. Plus they can tell you what you want to know whereas we are only guessing. You can Google the issue too if you wish and I'm sure you will find an answer that way too. But still talk to your doctor first.
Why are you wanting to coe off these drugs? Is it because the feel fine and are ready to go drug free? If so that's great as that is our objective isn't it. I haven't experienced it personally as I haven't started ad's yet but my wife took them for many years. She used to say her biggest mistake was always thinking once she felt good that she was cured. So many times she stopped her drugs and broke down fairly quickly. So she started from scratch again, and again, She kept repeating that mistake until she finally decided to try drug free when she had to change only. After so long on drugs she finally decided she'd just keep up her treatment whenever she felt OK.
The key to coming off drugs is to know what to expect, which you're asking, and being aware of possible lapses and the need to resume treatment.

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   Posted 9/15/2011 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Are the drugs not working for you? If they are working and you feel good, don't change it. How do they say if it aint broke, don't fix it. But if your goal is to go drug free, I highly suggest talking to your doc about it.

I hope that you feel well.

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   Posted 9/15/2011 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen,

I was in a bad living, and work situation and I have changed everything. I am happy and just want to go drug free. Still see doctor every month and am able to make better choices. Will check with him next week. Thanks again.


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   Posted 9/15/2011 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, any time you are on medication "long term" you should always check with the prescribing doctor before making any changes.

BTW: Long term is any medication that you are prescribed to take each month regardless of how long you have been taking them.

Some medications can be discontinued immediately and safely and others need to be stepped down at a certain rate with careful monitoring. These latter drugs, if stopped too quickly or all at once can cause some nasty effects, and is some cases even death. In addition to this there are also certain medications that present little to no problems when discontinuing if taken by themselves but when used in conjunction with certain other medications may require special precautions/procedures/etc.
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